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Next weekend is the Improvised Play Festival!

The annual Improvised Play Festival is next weekend: February 23 – 25, 2017.

The Hideout will host troupes from Minneapolis, Vancouver, Edmonton and Los Angeles as well as local favorites for three days of improvised plays and experimental theater.

Out of town guests to the Improvised Play Festival will include Juliet & Juliet from Minneapolis, Folk Lordz from Edmonton, Canada and Ripley from Los Angeles. Local acts include Physics Curse, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Save The World and the Hideout’s hit mainstage show, Process.

“This is my favorite festival,” says Hideout Artistic Director Roy Janik. “It’s everything we love at The Hideout, compressed into one weekend. Stories, genres, theatrical music and lighting, anda little flair for the dramatic. The Improvised Play Festival is a celebration of and a rallying cry for the stuff that lives in the intersection of traditional theatre and modern improvisation.”

Tickets to Improvised Play Festival shows range from $5-15. An all-festival pass can be purchased for $45. Click here for the full schedule!

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All You Need Is Love: Top Five Influences

All You Need Is Love, our latest student mainstage opens Saturday at 6pm. Get your tickets here!

The meet cute. The missed connection. The supportive best friend. The last-ditch run to the airport.  All You Need Is Love is an improvised romantic comedy filled with all the things we know and love about the rom-com genre.

All You Need Is Love director and creator Jessica von Schramm is an expert in the rom-com field. Below she shares with us her top influences for directing a improvised romantic comedy.


5. Sleepless In Seattle

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks equal magic. Add in the legendary Nora Ephron, who wrote and directed this classic film, and you’ve got a funny yet touching romantic comedy. Nora created entertaining characters but didn’t shy away from having tender and dramatic moments. This is the tone our show is shooting for.


4. The Beatles

I will always be delighted that my favorite band wrote a song titled “All You Need Is Love”. This anthem is so simple, so beautiful, so true. The characters we’re playing on stage are emotionally closed off or afraid to take risks, but once they open themselves up to love, they’re transformed. Love can transform people…and the world.


3. The Awful Truth

This 1930s screwball comedy is one of my favorite rom-coms. The two main characters (who are soon to be ex-spouses) go to great lengths to stop each other from dating other people. It’s so fun and wacky and exactly the kind of heightened action we’re aiming for.


2. Serendipity

Everything in this charming film happens because destiny and fate are determined to bring two soulmates together. This is the recipe of our show. I love the idea of meeting your soulmate, being torn apart from them, and then, against all odds, magically being reunited…like a love story written in the stars.


1. Nora Freaking Ephron

I was lucky enough to hear Nora speak at the Paramount Theater several years ago. She said one thing that has always stuck with me: “Everything’s copy.” All of our heartaches, our ups, our downs, and everything in-between can be used to create art. I try to remember that everytime I sit down to write or before I step on stage. Nora lost her battle with leukemia in 2012, but she continues to be an inspiration to me. She definitely inspired All You Need Is Love. This one’s for you, Nora.

All You Need Is Love, our latest student mainstage opens Saturday at 6pm. Get your tickets here!


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Spring Kids’ Improv Classes Are Registering Now!

Our award winning kids’ improv classes are registering NOW and are selling fast! We have classes on Tuesdays and Saturdays divided into appropriate age groups for 5-17 year olds! Saturday classes begin Jan. 21 and Tuesday classes begin Jan. 24.

Story Play ages 5-8

Tuesdays – 10:00am-11:00am with Lacy Alana

or

Saturdays – 10:00-11:00am with Margaret Hunsicker

Fundamentals of Improv Ages 8-10

Tuesdays – 11:00-12:30 with Lacy Alana
or
Saturdays – 10:00-11:00am with Aspen Webster

Improvisational Principles Ages 11-13 
Tuesdays – 11:00-12:30 with Jessica Arjet
or
Saturdays – 11:00-12:30pm with Margaret Hunsicker

Games for Performance Ages 14-17
Tuesdays – 1:00-2:30 with Lacy Alana or Jessica Arjet

Improv for Performance Ages 14-18
Saturdays – 11:00-12:30pm with Aspen Webster

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